In fifty years from now, it will be 2068. What will life be like then? Who knows? The possibilities are endless, but here is one. In 2068, childcare facilities will be more integrated into workplaces, benefiting everyone around.
Studies done by Patagonia Works says, “that when parents have access to high-quality, on-site child care at work, they are more engaged–even more so than colleagues as a whole–and that increased engagement means the company does better financially.” Currently, only 7% of companies offer on-site child care. While this is low, the benefits of on-site child care are astounding! Some include greater employee loyalty, more women in management, and a stronger workplace culture of trust. Imagine: going to work and dropping your kids off at the same time, eating lunch with your kids (or without), and then leaving and going straight home from work. That’s the future of child care could be in fifty years or less. It's up to us to make management understand how everyone gains from this.
How could you possibly get on-site daycare at your workplace? First, find valuable research to showcase the company you are working for the potential return on investment. No more tardiness (ok, just much less), lower turnover, happier employees, employees who get to see their children during the week! No need to pump for mom or drive around town trying to head to the daycare to breastfeed. No more rushing before they close so you don't get charged late fees.
Next, involve other employees who have children and see what their child care needs are. I know of a place where four employees out of twelve (that's 1/3!) have 6 kids, all of preschool age. Having hired a person ($10/hr averaged to $2,145 per month, maybe more due to additional fees) would have cost each child $357.5 per month, instead of $1000+ for infants, and other ridiculously bloated prices at all price points.
Finally, provide information to your company to begin the process of integrating such a facility into their company. This could include a budget describing startup costs and presenting local daycares willing to partner with them in the startup process. With that in mind, google on-site daycare at companies and you will find several large corporations, including Google, who offer the service and love the benefits that come with it.
We hope to provide templates on how to bring child care into your workplace soon!